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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

GREENLIGHT #154: La Vie En Rose (with "Lady Sings the Blues" and "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle")

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Ann and Les enjoyed the performances in La Vie En Rose (2007) equally but not the movie. It’s the tale of the marvelous French singer Edith Piaf who had a terrible life – from beginning to end. Ann thought her life worth exploring and the drama real. Les thought the story was just too depressing even if real. However, both loved the music and the incredible performance of Marion Cotillard as the lead character. And they both liked the work of her tragic lover played by Jean-Pierre Martins. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another film with great music about an incredible singer with a hard-knock life called Lady Sings the Blues (1972.) It’s the story of Billy Holiday – who also had a pretty miserable life – but it didn’t dwell on it as much as the songs. Diana Ross was the lead character and Billy Dee Williams played one of her husbands. Watch for the strong performance of Richard Pryor as the Piano Man too. Ann recommends a movie about a tough woman writer with a tough life. This delightfully sarcastic film features Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, and Matthew Broderick, among many others, who all play writers from The New Yorker who gathered regularly at The Algonquin Hotel in New York. Life there was as rarified as it was rough. These people knew how to dig knives in each others’ backs and not leave visible scars. Director Alan Rudolph adeptly tells the story of Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994.)
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